Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards

The Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards aim to support social enterprises and charities with trading activities looking to grow their business and improve their local community.

The Development Awards are targeted at established social ventures that have ambitions to develop their organisation but need a financial boost to help them realise their potential. SEDA is an annual competition with winners selected on the strength of their business plan for growth.

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Santander's SEDA Growth Award

Helping Communities Prosper

Since the creation of SEDA in 2011 Santander has awarded over 300 social enterprises across the UK providing over £5 million in funding and support to increase their social impact.

SEDA supports social enterprises and charities working for the direct benefit of their community via one or more of the following critical social outcomes:

Improving Social Inclusion - For example:

Working with rurally isolated areas to make services and goods more readily available
Combating loneliness amongst our elderly population
Helping to integrate marginalised groups into the community
Working with deprived neighbourhoods to regenerate their community

Supporting Disadvantaged People through Skills, Training or Employment - For example:

Activity which provides people with formal or informal training, skills development, work experience and/or direct employment
Creating employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties

Creating a Greener Environment - For example:

Provision of green education to schools and colleges
Neighbourhood recycling programmes
Carbon footprint reduction initiatives

Who can enter?

Santander understands that it takes businesses of all shapes and sizes to make a community work so the Development Awards are focused on two types of enterprises; Social Ventures and Enterprising Charities.

Enterprising Charities - Growth Award offers a prize of up to £10,000 to support UK registered charities and community groups looking to increase trading

Social Ventures - Catalyst Award offers a prize of up to £10,000 to social enterprises looking to grow their business

Additional Support

In addition to the cash prize the winning social enterprises will have access to a variety of other opportunities:

  • Monitoring and evaluation support so you can measure the success of your business
  • Networking with other Santander Social Enterprise Development Award winners 
  • Access to mentoring and business advice